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Blog series by Woodcanuck updated 06-10-2010 10:07 PM 2 parts 5145 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Working from a set of plans

06-10-2010 09:41 PM by Woodcanuck | 1 comment »

This is one of those well intentioned projects that started and got put on hold for many varied reasons/excuses. I’ve decided I just have to finish it before my daughter is too old to be interested. Otherwise, I’ll be sitting the playroom losing my marbles all by myself. I saw these plans years ago in a Lee Valley flyer and went out and bought them along with the kit that supplies the ball bearings (marbles), xylophone keys and bell. Here’s the picture from the catalog...

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Part 2: What I've done so far

06-10-2010 10:07 PM by Woodcanuck | 8 comments »

I wanted to make the marble tower good and solid, so I’m making it primarily out of ash. This was convenient because I had some on hand. :-) Here’s where we stand today on the project: The first step was to build the base and attach the side rails to it that go up to where the cross bracing and the handle reside. This wasn’t too bad to do…but it was the first time that I ran into the concept of cutting compound angles…which I learned requires patienc...

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